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Arms Warrior DPS Guide (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated Today at 13:23 by Wordup 220 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Arms Warrior DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Arms Warrior in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Archimtiros, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

In Legion, Arms has seen some fairly significant changes to try and fill out the static rotation, and focusing even more on Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash. It has a strong single-target orientation, tied to small windows of high damage as frequently as possibly by trying to actively reset uses through Tactician Icon Tactician. Do not mistake this for being a limitation however, due to the combination of  Icon Warbreaker and Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm for burst AoE.

2. Patch 7.2.5 Changes

Arms has received a significant number of changes, effectively overhauling the spec in many cases this patch. This includes the following:

  • Significant changes to the layout and design of a lot of the Arms Talent tree — see the talent page for more.
  • Two new legendary items added, The Great Storm's Eye Icon The Great Storm's Eye in the Head slot, and Soul of the Battlelord Icon Soul of the Battlelord in the Ring slot.
  • The legendary gloves Archavon's Heavy Hand Icon Archavon's Heavy Hand now reduces the Rage cost of Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike by 8, rather than refunding 8 Rage.
  • Draught of Souls Icon Draught of Souls has had its damage reduced by 20% for Arms Warriors.
  • All abilities have received a 10% damage buff on top of all other changes below.
  • Auto attack generation increased by 10%, whilst Critical Strikes generate 30% bonus Rage, down from 50%.
  • Mastery scaling has been reduced by 20%.
  • Cleave Icon Cleave deals 20% additional damage.
  • Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash cooldown reduced to 20 seconds from 30, and deals 10% increased damage.
  • Dauntless Icon Dauntless reduced to 10% Rage cost reduction from 20%.
  • Execute Icon Execute damage increased by 25%, and if the target does not die 30% of the Rage spent is refunded.
  •  Icon Precise Strikes now causes Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash to increase the Critical Strike chance of your next Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike or Execute Icon Execute by 10% per rank.
  •  Icon Shattered Defenses now causes Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash to increase the damage dealt by your next Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike or Execute Icon Execute by 60% (up from 30%), but no longer increases Critical Strike chance.
  • Slam Icon Slam damage increased by 35%.
  •  Icon Void Cleave damage increased by 100%.
  • Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind damage increased to 90% weapon damage, but Rage cost increased to 30 (up from 25%).

3. Patch 7.2 Changes

7.2 adds in additional Artifact traits including the new golden trait, Executioner's Precision Icon Executioner's Precision. Both the legendary bracers Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles Icon Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles and legendary shoulders Timeless Stratagem Icon Timeless Stratagem have had additional Versatility added to their secondary stat budgets.

4. Strengths

  • Very powerful single-target priority damage and burst.
  • Frequently available cooldown that has a large impact on output.
  • Strong cooldown based AoE burst.

5. Weaknesses

  • Very limited by cooldowns and Tactician Icon Tactician resets which can be unpredictable
  • Sustained AoE is average.
  • Can frequently become resource starved limiting ability uses.

6. Viability in the Current Patch

7.2.5 has had a significant rework aimed at Arms that has the potential to make it a top tier melee option. Whilst many of the aspects are untested in raid environments, the changes appear very powerful and the spec seems to be performing very well, alongside being very well suited to Tomb of Sargeras encounters. It remains strong in Mythic+ scenarios due to the nature of its AoE toolkit, so is like to come out of the gate very strong come the launch of Tomb.

7. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

8. ChangeLog

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  • 24 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Incorrect legendary Belt effect fixed.
  • 18 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated to reflect the importance of Rend in some situations, now that Fervor of Battle is less dominant.
  • 16 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated 2pc/4pc reference, sims pending regarding new Draught of Souls.
  • 16 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated notes for T20 4-piece bonus following nerf.
  • 16 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated note regarding Draught of Souls nerf, sims pending.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for new Relic values in Patch 7.2.5.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated for Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Added new 7.2.5 gear alongside trinket and racial simulations. Added note regarding Tier 19/20 2/4pc combinations.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Fully updated for new Arms talent choices and 7.2.5 information.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Updated with significant changes for 7.2.5, including rotational alterations and notes on Tier 20.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Updated to show Mastery can outdo Strength in some cases.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Updated spell descriptions for Patch 7.2.5.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Updated to cover new 7.2.5 talent tree, significant changes across the board.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Updated to cover Critical Strike surpassing Strength and Breakpoint notes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Updated for 7.2 with new Feast option.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (talents page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Added 7.2 legendary changes.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 27 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Updated for 7.2 Artifact path.
  • 29 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Updated for Draught of Souls being on the GCD.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated for Titanic Might change in 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated for new 7.1.5 talent changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Removed standard rotation and changed to Focused Rage as the standard. Added Tier and Trinket sections for Nighthold.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated for new 7.1.5 gear list and additional legendaries.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Updated for 7.1.5 changes.
  • 27 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added section for easier playstyle.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Moved Strength further down the stat priority.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Improved wording in many places.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Slight path update — swapped One against Many and Deathblow.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets and trinket simulations.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a mention about Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added Karazhan trinket to the trinket simulations.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Trinket update in BiS list.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Rotation and Execute usage update.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Colossus Smash update, following hotfixes.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Made Potion of the Old War the potion of choice.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Removed mentions of breakpoints.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added a clarification to the single-target rotation regarding Warbreaker. It should be cast if Colossus Smash is absent from the target.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 27 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated Haste/Crit/Mastery explanations to match the updated notes on the stats page.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Further testing showed that Fervor of Battle is now the best Level 45 talent.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated mentions of Fervor of Battle to reflect the fact that it is now the recommended Level 45 talent.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Fixed enchants to use Haste.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed Tier 18 Set Bonuses section.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Swapped Haste and Mastery.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed Defensive Stance's description
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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